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  1. I`ve read it several times that it`s easy to gain traffic with Pinterest,but when I got started, I had to accept that it`s not as easy as everyone made it sound.Felt maybe im doing something wrong, but reading your post, i realize im not alone.

  2. This is a great article, Im glad you shared it and I read it. Saving (pinning) to read over again and take better notes!

  3. I’ve recently started blogging and so far I’ve found Pinterest to be super overwhelming! I’m using Tailwind, but just trying to schedule that many pins has been pretty time consuming. Any other tips for reducing the load?

    • Are you scheduling your own pins as well? If you are it should help fill in your queue. Otherwise my best advice would be to repin from the group boards you are part of. Groups have tons of great pins in your niche!

    • I see Pinterest as drive by traffic. It’s people looking for information and once they’ve read what you have to offer they move on. Having said that, it’s not impossible to convert Pinterest readers into engaged commenters it just requires that something in the content they read peaks their interest enough to engage.

  4. Tank you so much for posting this – I’m new to using Pinterest to grow my traffic and I couldn’t understand why there were so many people online saying how easy it was and how much growth they’d had when I have seen very little by way of results. I’m now off to check out Tailwind!

  5. I’m new to this whole Pinterest game and I have to say – it’s a LOT more work than I thought it would be. But, I’m enjoying it so far. Because I went in knowing it would take a loooooong time. Like you say, it’s about beautiful images (YAY for Canva!!!) and pinning for OTHERS, not yourself. Thanks for sharing your views and for the helpful tips. I’m still trying to get into a groove, but I’m sure I’ll join Tailwind Tribes soon, too. 🙂

    ~ Melanie
    imagineyou.co.za

  6. Really great post! Any chance you can you do a seperate post about how to create multiple images and embed & hide them in your post? This would be sooo useful, I reckon lots of people would be interested, its a great idea!!

    • Thanks for reading Cheryl! I sure can I’ll add it to my list. In the meantime the tags for the hidden pins is up above! Give it a shot and let me know how it works out for you!

  7. Thanks for the good Pinterest tips! I use Tailwind too and find it super helpful! I also Pin manually as I’ve heard that using a scheduler exclusively could possibly hurt your Pinterest account. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’m not taking any chances. I also like to click through to all of the links and get to the source of the information. Sometimes I find the photo is amazing, but the information is lacking, or not there anymore. I don’t want my Pinterest followers to follow bad links.

    • Yup. I try and check them all out too and like you said some are lacking content wise. How many pins do you pin manually per day?

  8. I also don’t think getting Pinterest traffic is as easy as everyone makes it sounds, but we also have to remember its a slow burn. My traffic has been going up…it went from 30, to 700, to 1500, to 2500. Hopefully it will keep growing!

  9. Wow! Thank you for this post! When I first started blogging I heard about Pinterest helping in generating traffic and I tried it. But I couldn’t understand exactly what I needed to do so of course I never got any real traffic from there. Recently I learned about group boards and decided to give it another try. I didn’t know about all the other stuff, Tailwind etc.

    I will definitely take a look at everything you recommended.
    Thank you so much!
    Ioanna | A Beauty Lover’s Stories

  10. Great post! What always scares me about Pinterest is that it could change at any time, couldn’t it? Similar to other social media platforms that change algorithms or have switched to paid promotions and so on… so I’m hesitant to rely TOO much on Pinterest.
    Also, thank you for the 80/20 tip. I’d read that before somewhere, I think, but definitely needed the reminder since I’ve been pinning way too much content that isn’t my own…

  11. Hi Jenny,

    I loved this post, we always read articles that say you can get traffic literally overnight. I’ve been pinning for about 8 months. I’ve finally joined some group boards about a month ago. I have joined about 10 group boards and since joining and pinning on a regular basis, I am finally starting to see some growth.

    So refreshing to hear someone say that it does take time. That’s been my experience as well. Now I just need to make it a point to create more than one image for my blog posts.

    I have to admit, I am a little lazy and I only create one pin per post. From here on out, I am going to start creating more.

    Thanks for sharing these tips, oh and you’re right. I couldn’t imagine trying to use Pinterest without the help of Tailwind.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  12. This is very good post that shines light on the “amazing Pinterest.” I must admit it has helped me increase views, but really… just views. As a new blogger I am still learning how to use everything, but it’s really frustrating to have such a high bounce rate because people click on only one pin and it’s most likely just for the pictures. I am not giving up on Pinterest just yet though. I still have yet to use Tailwind, but will definitely be using some of your tips to grow. Thank you!! 🙂

  13. This is a good read, i really like the idea of creating more pins and hIding them within the post. The only question i have is how does that work for SEO. What does Google think of hiding images?

  14. I speak as a firsthand benefiter of http://PinPinterest.com, an automation tool for Pinterest. I use it to manage my Pinterest account. Tried a lot of so-called ‘Top tools’ on the internet, but none of them were half as intelligent and powerful as PinPinterest.
    PinPinterest’s intelligent content detection algorithms recognise images related to my business and pins only those images, which is pretty awesome! I don’t have to spend hours cleaning my boards from unwanted clutter. I just set its running speed to medium setting, and let it do the work for me, while I can just chill out B-)

  15. Now that’s a post about Pinterest! I just launched my blog 6 months ago, but have been using Pinterest since it launched a good few years back. I’m definitely a fan. I remember before I had a blog I had 2 pins go viral -literally getting over 20K pins each… and for someone else! I loved seeing all the repins coming in day after day for a couple years! Now that I have a blog it’s the top traffic driver. It’s time consuming but because I love Pinterest I’m still okay with manual pinning. I am however thinking hard about making the switch to Tailwind. Thanks for much for your killer post 🙂

  16. Great tips! But I’ve heard over 100 pins a day gets you marked as spam. I dropped from 100 to 50 and my traffic doubled. *shrug* I wish they’d just come right out and say “here’s the formula!”

  17. Great tips! I really need to figure out Tailwind. I use BoardBooster right now and I have amazing results from it, but I’m wondering if Tailwind might help even more.

    • I prefer Tailwind to board booster. I love the flexibility it provides and how much control you have over the number of pins your pinning every day. You can literally pin weeks ahead if you want to!

  18. I actual was reading the whole article and did not regret at all, amazing, amazing, thank you so much. It is an eye opener and the thing with hiding the pins is something I will try immediate … cool stuff. Thank you so much

  19. So much yes!
    I absolutely loved this post. I clicked it because it had such an interesting title, and as someone who helps others grow their Pinterest reach, I have to say you are right on the money, girl! The ugly truth is that Pinterest isn’t an overnight success story, but it does have MASSIVE powers!

    Pinners are certainly visual creatures, and I get mad when I can’t find “pinnable” images on sites I want to save for later (who uses bookmarks anymore?!).

    I love how you laid it all out there and seemed to include every tip you’ve learned since using Pinterest for your blog biz.

    I hope to see more from you soon! You’ve got yourself a new follower!

    • Thanks for reading Tarin. I had absolutely no idea what Pinterest was when I started this blog well over a year ago now. I drank the cool-aid and was convinced I’d done something wrong when my numbers didn’t increase at the MASSIVE rate other bloggers claimed they should. After TONS of research, TONS of experimentation and TONS of practice I think I finally “got it”. Thanks for reading 🙂

  20. Hi, I’m not sure how to contact you, so I apologize for it being on a comment, but, I frequently get spam mail from your website. It’s your blog name, but if I click the link displayed, it takes me to a foreign langue site, but with all your stuff on it. I’ve had to put your email into my “junk” folder because I’m afraid of receiving 50 emails from this. I saved a screen shot of it for you to see.

  21. Thanks for sharing this! My blog traffic does not seem to be taking off even though I’m trying hard with my Pinterest strategy. I think a lot of that is because I just don’t have a lot of posts/pins yet, but it’s still discouraging when so many other bloggers are talking about the huge traffic gains they’re getting with Pinterest. I’ll keep putting the hard work in and trust that eventually it will pay off. At least Tailwind makes it less time consuming!

  22. Hi. Newbie question-so do you pin 80 percent others content to group boards? Do you pin content from one group board to another? Thanks

    • Hi Rose!

      The 80% content is generally my own that is pinned to my own boards and to group boards. The balance of the pins are pins that I find through my group boards, tribes and from my own searches on Pinterest. I hope that helps!

  23. Hi Jenny, I am new to Pinterest and I’ve found this blog to be really helpful! I’ve got some questions though. Like, you said that you pin at least 100 pins/day with 80/20 composition (own vs others’). So, if I decided to pin 100 pins per day, would I need to have 80 fresh new pins ready every single day, or does this number include repinning the old pins? If it does, do you recommend repinning the old pins to the same board? Thank you so much in advance!